North Texas Starbucks Begin Selling Alcohol

Two North Texas Starbucks stores begin serving drinks stiffer than a double shot espresso Tuesday.

Wine and craft beer will be on the menu at the Starbucks at The Shops on Park Lane in Dallas and the Sundance Square location in Fort Worth.

They are the first stores in the area to debut the new Evenings menu that includes wine, beer and small plates of food like "truffle mac and cheese," "chicken, sausage and mushroom flatbread" and "bacon-wrapped dates with balsamic glaze" at "less than 500 calories each," according to a Starbucks news release.

The Park Lane Starbucks debuts the Evenings menu at 2 p.m. The Sundance Square store kicks things off at 4 p.m. with wine and coffee tastings, food samplings and music.

Starbucks first tested its Evenings menu in 2010 at a store in Seattle and said it meets the demand of customers who want a casual meeting environment in the evenings.

"Seventy percent of Starbucks customers drink wine, as compared to 30 percent of the general population," a Starbucks news release stated. "Providing another reason for these customers to visit Starbucks during the evening hours was natural for Starbucks - giving them a place to start and end their day."

The Shops and Sundance Square may be the first of many stores that will offer the new menu.

"Just as each customer is unique, so are our stores and we consider a broad range of products and experiences for each neighborhood," Starbucks' officials told NBC 5. "At this time, we're in the early stages of considering 11 stores in the city of Dallas, six stores in the city of Fort Worth and two stores in Flower Mound for the Evenings menu."

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